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Subject: The Grateful Dead: Show #61
Much much confusion, but the first 5 tracks are probably from this date (from Vintage Dead). The next 4 tracks (from Historic Dead) could also be from this date, but maybe not!
Great stuff here. Jerry and Ron both tearing it up in It Hurts Me Too. Bobby's grown a good sound since I last noticed. They have a great audience also... Keeps pushing them in the right direction. They got some other real original versions of certain songs. Midnight Hour 18 min. GMLSG 11 min. On FIRE!!! Oh, and Lindy's a nice tune... Reminds me of an old New Orleans Ragtime/Pixar movie song. And The Same Thing holds resemblance to Little Red Rooster... Inspiration perhaps?
Subject: Midnight Hour
Wow, what a great version of this song. Pigpen rocks this one. I've heard this similar pigpen rap in Lovelight.
Sound quality is great as well. There is a little white noise but for a recording from 43 year ago it sounds amazing.
thanks for the upload!
Subject: Fantastic pre-primal Dead
Excellent show, excellent quality. Quite a significant upgrade to the version floating around for years. Maybe one less generation? It's amazing to think that this was recorded over 42 years ago! Very good for a '66, although not quite as good as 5/19 or 11/19, sound-wise. Performance-wise, it's definitely up there. Worth it for the Midnight Hour alone. Vintage Pigpen! Plus, early Rider's are always a treat.
I really only comment on 5 star shows, and this is one of the best '66 shows, imho. Plus, the upgraded sound really warranted a remark.
L. Rosley -
Subject: A tight '66 show
Back in the late 1970's I had a roommate who had two bootleg LPs ("Vintage Dead" and "Historic Dead") of this show (maybe two shows). I've been working my way listening to every 1966 show here at Archive, and rediscovered this show. What a find.
Having now heard some two dozen '66 shows, I can say that this is one of the best of year. The playing is tight, vocals are better than many 1966 shows. Even Bob sounds good, which he often didn't in '66. Jerry's soloing is great, particularly in the Dancing in the Streets Jam. Shades of the greatness to come, but also great in its own right.
There are some flaws. I love Pigpen, but Midnight Hour and Schoolgirl are a little long here. I also wish Viola Lee was in this show But there's plenty else here to warrant 5 stars.
This recording is a little clipped (buzzy) on some songs, but mostly good audio.
There another instance of this show here at Archive.org with the songs in a different order: